• Lifestyle & Travel,  Migration

    True Essentials for A Successful Long-haul Flight with A Toddler

    We have finally started our long-awaited immigration  journey to New Zealand. On our way there we decided to travel around the South American continent for six months. The first part of our journey involved travelling for more than 24 hours from Johannesburg, South Africa to Santiago, Chile. We flew for 11 hours from Johannesburg to Sao Paulo, Brazil. After the stopover we flew for another five hours to Santiago, Chile. Our toddler appeared to take to long-haul travel like a duck to water. I had put a lot of thought and planning into our travel plans. I’m sharing with you what I did to ensure a successful long-haul flight with…

  • Lifestyle & Travel

    Blue Gum Country Estate – Review

    A little while ago I went to stay at the Blue Gum Country Estate to review their accommodation and service. Unlike traveling with a baby I was traveling to Cape Town on my own during that time. Since accommodation and food is not my main focus I arranged a collaboration with Chef Sue-Ann Allen. Sue-Ann presents the cook along show on SABC3 afternoon express. She is also a restaurant consultant and private chef. Since Blue Gum Country Estate make no apologies about food being a main drawcard to their estate I thought it would be the perfect collaboration opportunity for everyone involved. But please, do not compare my personal review to…

  • Lifestyle & Travel,  Parenting & Paediatrics

    My kid is a bit “different”, in a good way.

    I understand this post is going to be a bit outlandish but, I feel I want to share it. I feel like it’s in the utmost interest of my child, maybe it’s even a little bit defensive.   Just so you know, this was one of those posts that I wasn’t going to share in public but it felt a bit uncanny when I just read that today is International Left Handers Day. That unsettling feeling was my final motivation to share.   This morning a Facebook memory came up where my daughter was building blocks, one year ago, ONE HUNDRED PERCENT ambidextrous, absolutely no favour to her right or…

  • Lifestyle & Travel,  Parenting & Paediatrics

    Our DIY 2nd Birthday Party

    This year I decided to do Poppet’s 2nd birthday party by myself, with my husband’s help. It was very different to last year in the sense that I wasn’t recovering from surgery at my child’s birthday party. I felt I could do a whole lot more by myself this year. I chose not to accept any “freebies” or sponsorship because I felt that I didn’t have the capacity to promote anything. We just wanted an ordinary but special birthday party and that is exactly what we created. The Theme Poppet has been besotted with Barney for some time now and there was no other theme more logical theme to go…

  • Lifestyle & Travel,  Parenting & Paediatrics

    A Letter to my Daughter on her 2nd Birthday

    My Dearest Sidney Grace,   You are the happiest little girl I know and have ever seen. You see all the beautiful things around you. You always hear the birds. You just love your own ability to kick and throw balls. You get so damn excited by your confidence in climbing trees and mastering playing equipment. When you hear the bikes in the traffic, you point them out with an excitement second to none. You are in awe of the abilities of something as simple as a bicycle. You see all the beauty and all the different colours and all the leaves in one single flower. Balloons are like little…

  • Lifestyle & Travel,  Parenting & Paediatrics

    Stupid Things I said Before I became a Parent…

    I probably said many other stupid things before I became a parent myself. I didn’t think that I would ever be a parent because I’ve suffered multiple brain injuries and a near death experience. So, I assumed it was “just not ever going to be possible”, you know. Read more: Baby Number 2 Before I Became A Parent I was a “Part-time young and care-fee, seriously keen party animal” and a “Part-time very responsible co-parent”. Here are some of the stupid things I said before I became a parent: 1.) Barney the purple dinosaur would be banned in my house. Him, along with many other popular characters. Nothing irritated me more…

  • win a trip to zanzibar with travelstart
    Lifestyle & Travel

    Be A Kid Again and Win a Trip for two to Zanzibar with Travelstart

    In celebration of Youth Month this June, I’m sharing some of my favourite childhood memories with you. In collaboration with Travelstart, weekly winners will win flight vouchers worth R1000, while the grand prizes include a Ryze Tello Minidrone and trip for 2 to Zanzibar worth R25,000. Some of my best childhood memories are: Spending time with my cousins and grandparents My cousins were my first friends and I loved spending time with them. We played at home, always outside. We played make believe and hide and seek. Our imaginations lead the way. We dressed up and performed in little concerts for our parents and grandparents. Whether it was a play…

  • Lifestyle & Travel,  Parenting & Paediatrics

    What does it mean to be a father these days?

      This will be the third Father’s Day without my own dad around to celebrate with. My father passed away in November 2015. I’ve never spoken about him, his death or the very special relationship I had with him. I celebrate my dad often and our memories live on forever. I would have liked to ask him to contribute to this post by telling us a little bit about what a father-daughter relationship is all about. My dad was so painfully private that when he eventually agreed for me to create a LinkedIn profile for him, he refused to make his profile public (eye rolling and laughing). It defeated the…

  • south african parenting blogger
    Blogging,  Lifestyle & Travel

    How do Bloggers and Public Figures really feel when recognized in public?

    How do we truly feel when people recognize us? Bloggers build an online community. We interact with our followers online. We share stories to inspire others. Some of us share pictures that have been taken from the inside of our bedrooms. On my own blog, there are posts that include very personal feelings and opinions that my followers relate to or draw inspiration from. READ MORE: Am I a mentally ill mom?  I have 36000+ followers in cyberspace. They are not 36k people physically sitting in a stadium and watching me. I am part of their online lives. Not their real lives. Our online lives transpire into real life, but…

  • playdates for toddlers
    Lifestyle & Travel,  Parenting & Paediatrics

    Why are Playdates important for Babies and Toddlers?

    In this article, I’m sharing my take on playdates for babies and toddlers and how I have approached this topic since Poppet was born. I also interviewed Sr Lilian for some advice on things like toddlers who bite us and each other. READ MORE: World Prematurity Day, Purple for Preemies Playdates For Babies and Toddlers – why is this important? Infants don’t really play but they do look around and learn I dedicated a whole lot of energy to mom and baby classes when Poppet was tiny with the purpose of exposing her to as many different things as possible. We started going for Hydrotherapy sessions when she was 12 weeks…

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